Remember when Spurs were last this bad? Here's a snapshot of Britain in 1974

1974 in context - the things that really mattered

British Prime Minister Edward Heath lost a general election to Harold Wilson and the Labour leader ended the miners' strike that had plunged the country into darkness with regular power cuts.

The price of a gallon of petrol in the UK was 42p (around 10p a litre) and the average house price was £10,900

Abba won the Eurovision Song contest with Waterloo.


Eurokings: Abba

Richard Nixon resigned as US President after the Watergate scandal.

The IRA began bombing mainland Britain - starting with The Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and pubs in Birmingham.

West Germany beat Holland 2-1 to win the World Cup.

Rumble in the Jungle: Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, fought in Zaire.

wilson and heath

One out, one in: Heath (left) and Wilson

Chris Tarrant’s TISWAS (Today Is Saturday Watch And Smile) was launched on Saturday morning TV.

Last of The Summer Wine was going down a storm on BBC1 (yes, really)

The Six Million Dollar Man (aka Steve Austin) crashed his space shuttle and became bionic.

Angel Delight first frothed up in a bowl near you and McDonald’s opened its first UK restaurant in London. 

Kevin Keegan scored two goals as Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-0 to win the FA Cup.

Manchester United were relegated from Division 1 and Leeds United were champions.

Best-selling records

1. The Way We Were, Barbra Streisand

2. Seasons In The Sun, Terry Jacks

3. Love's Theme, Love Unlimited Orchestra

4. Come And Get Your Love, Redbone

5. Dancing Machine, Jackson 5

6. The Loco-Motion, Grand Funk Railroad


8. The Streak, Ray Stevens

9. Bennie And The Jets, Elton John

10. One Hell Of A Woman, Mac Davis

Most popular films

1. The Sting

2. The Exorcist

3. Papillon

4. Herbie Rides Again

5. Blazing Saddles

6. The Great Gatsby

7. Serpico

8. Death Wish

9. The Godfather, Part II

10. Murder on the Orient Express

Most popular TV programmes

1. This is Your Life (ITV)

2. Love Thy Neighbor (ITV)

3. Miss World (BBC)

4. Bless This House (ITV)

5. Des O'Connor Show (ITV)

6. Benny Hill (ITV)

7. British Screen Awards (ITV)

8. Tommy Cooper Hour (ITV)

9. And Mother Makes Five (ITV)

10. News at Ten (ITV)

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